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Movie Review: Intimate Stories (Historias Minimas)

Alternate Title: Some Stories are Not Worth Telling

Story: They say there are eight million stories in our Naked City and it seems there are also at least three in Patagonia.

Director Carlos Sorin attempts (with a screenplay by Pablo Solarz) to endear us with three separate tales that include charming characters who are all headed to the City of San Julian from the desolate and beautiful landscape of Patagonia. (Sorin's first film. Eversmile, New Jersey, starred Daniel Day-Lewis as a dentist in Patagonia).

What happens on their journeys is heartfelt but tedious. I wanted to like this film more than I did and I also was disappointed that more did not happen.The barrenness of the Patagonia landscape reflected the stark reality of the character's lives.But, essentially - there was no there, there.

Acting: All of the actors were right on the money for their roles.

Predilection: I like foreign films and my Argentinean friend just spent some time in Patagonia.

Critters: A scary German Shepard and a cute little red dog named Badface.

Food: BBQ meat and chips and much ado about a birthday cake.

Blatant Product Placement: I noticed products such as Tang, Columbia and sportswear but I am sure the the only product placement was Volkswagen.

Soundtrack: Minimal

Opening Titles: Type superimposed over the stark beautiful landscape of Patagonia.

Theater Audience: A handful of foreign film devotees and us. My English companion could not muster up many Howls either.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: It was too long at 90 minutes.

Big Screen or Rental: If you are traveling to Patagonia you might want o see this film.

Length:90 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 5